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What’s New in RSoft Photonic Device Tools 2023.03: Expanded Metalens Design and Multi-Physics Simulations

The latest release of RSoft™ Photonic Device Tools version 2023.03 expands the platform’s capabilities for automated metalens design as well as multi-physics simulations for optoelectronic devices and illumination systems.

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Posted in Featured, Releases, RSoft Photonic Device Tools


What’s New in LightTools 2023.03: Smarter, Faster, More Efficient Illumination Design

LightTools version 2023.03 helps you achieve high-performance illumination designs with smart features for geometry import and creation, improved 3D viewing for fast explorations of model details, and many other usability updates to facilitate more efficient design workflows.

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Posted in Featured, LightTools, Product features, Releases


New Release of CODE V Improves Optical Design Workflows and Efficiency

The new capabilities in CODE V version 2023.03 improve design workflows, from surface input to design export. The release includes the SagFit utility, which converts and fits surfaces more quickly and intuitively than ever before. It provides better optimization assistance and increases modeling design speed. It also includes enhanced interoperability with LightTools to easily simulate optical systems that contain imaging and non-imaging components.

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Posted in CODE V, Featured, Product features, Releases


Meet Dr. Heejoo Choi, 2022 Kevin P. Thompson Optical Design Innovator Award Recipient

We had the opportunity to interview Dr. Heejoo Choi, 2022 Kevin P. Thompson Optical Design Innovator Award Recipient, and learn about how he got interested in optics.  He is currently an assistant research professor at the James C. Wyant College of Optical Science, University of Arizona and an Optical Scientist at the Large Binocular Telescope.

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Posted in Industry Interviews


An Interview with David Lippman, Michael Kidger Memorial Scholarship Recipient for 2022

David Lippman from the Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester, is the 2022 recipient of the Michael Kidger Memorial Scholarship. Learn how he became interested in optics, his current research projects, and his future goals.

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Posted in Industry Interviews


How to Improve Optical Design Performance with Reflectance and Transmittance Measurements

Developments in optical technologies place higher and sometimes completely new demands on the quality of materials, surfaces, components, and systems. For optics in automotive applications, materials that facilitate high levels of transmittance and scattering can be important for optical system efficiency and appearance. For optics in astronomy and space-borne systems, material requirements can be quite different; for example, materials that limit reflectivity and reduce stray light can be very important.

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Posted in Optical Scattering Measurements


How Synopsys Is Supporting Improved Workflows for Automotive Lighting Designers

As a partner with Dassault Systèmes, Synopsys is continually enhancing its LucidShape CAA V5 Based product to facilitate the development of safer, smarter vehicles within the CATIA V5 environment. CATIA V5 users can rely on LucidShape CAA to reduce automotive lighting design time, efficiently explore creative styling options, and deliver timely, accurate results to manufacturing teams.

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Posted in Automotive, LucidShape, Product features, Releases


Synopsys Optical Solutions User Conference

We’re excited to announce our first annual Synopsys Optical Solutions User Conference on September 28, 2022 in SunnyvaleSunnyvale, California. You are invited to join us in person to learn about our latest innovations to help you design any optical product – from macro- to nano-scale optics — faster and more efficiently.

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Posted in CODE V, LightTools, Trade shows and conferences


Synopsys Announces 2022 Robert S. Hilbert Memorial Optical Design Competition Results

The Synopsys 2022 Robert S. Hilbert Memorial Optical Design Competition celebrates exceptional research projects designed by college students in North America using Synopsys Optical Solutions software. This year’s winning designs were submitted by students from the California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo, the University of Arizona, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, the University of Rochester, and the University of Texas at Austin.

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Posted in Design Competition


The Hubble—Here Today, Not Gone Tomorrow

Astronomy was headline news on July 12, with the release of the amazing first full-color images from NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). However, let’s not forget about the Hubble Space Telescope.

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Posted in CODE V, Current Events and Trends, Engineering Services